With all that Montreal has to offer, you could be occupied for weeks on end. The list is truly endless, with historic districts, artistic talent, cuisine to die for, impressive skyscrapers, museums, and shopping.

But there’s only so much you can fit into one city, which means that its surroundings are just as full of activities and sites. No matter which direction you head, you’re bound to find yourself at a scenic, educational, or thrilling location. Here are five getaways from Montreal that you can visit in a day.

Quebec City

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Just three hours away from Montreal is a gorgeous city perched on cliffs and surrounded by its original city walls. Old Town Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s worthy of a wander. See panoramic views at the Observatoire de la Capitale, spot a cathedral that’s more than 350 years old, and visit old penitentiaries here. You’ll know that getting out of the city was a marvelous decision when you see the Plains of Abraham and enjoy views of the St. Lawrence River and skiers barreling down the slopes. Although some of the best hotels are in Montreal, if you end up staying in Quebec City, you can stay at the Ice Hotel — one of only two in the world.

Laurentides

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Just a couple of hours north, you can find yourself at Laurentides. It’s a mountainous region with pine and maple forests and winding rivers. This place is ideal if you’re a ski buff, as Mont-Tremblant and Sainte-Adele can provide you with that thrilling rush down a mountain of white powder. If you want to relax, Sainte-Anne-des-lacs is a quaint village with more than 20 lakes and plenty of waterfront cottages.

Eastern Townships

In the other direction, you can find yourself in Bromont, which offers skiing, mountain biking, and plenty of trails for hiking enthusiasts. If sipping on wine made from the freshest of fruits and cider from the crispest of apples is more your thing, then Dunham is your place. This is where the wineries of Quebec first began, and now it’s the most densely populated wine region in the province. You can book tours or take a bike around the area. Just don’t have one too many tastes before you ride home!

Ottawa

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The nation’s capital is chock full of things to do. Although it’s a perfect day trip for those who want to get outside of Montreal, you just might want to stay a bit longer. There are numerous places of interest, such as Parliament Hill, National Gallery, and museums and art galleries galore. The Aventure Lafleche has trails enough for days, caves, and even zip-lining! A day trip might be several days too short, but it’s surely better than none at all.

Cap-Saint-Jacques National Park

This hidden gem is a just a few hours west of the city. It offers adventure junkies and outdoor enthusiasts a playground of wonderful entertainment, including windsurfing, kayaking, volleyball, snowshoeing, and more. If you’re a newbie, take a workshop to learn how to survive in the wild. If you’re well versed with the rhythm of the wild, just go for it.

So who’s up for a trip to Montreal and beyond?

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